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Knee Surgery "medial meniscus"

I just had orthoscopic knee surgey to repair the medial meniscus about 3weeks ago. they removed the scar tissue and reattached the cartilage, Has anyone gone through this or something like this. Is it normal to still be in pain? What was the time frame for you to start walking pain free?
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Ouch man, that doesn't sound fun.

Glad you got it taken care of though!
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Sure, pain is normal.

Do they have you doing any exercises or rehab?

BTW, I had that done last Feb.

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tough out the pain. Go to Physical therapy and do EVERYTHING they tell you, no matter how much it hurts. Just gut it out. 4 weeks of pain is nothing compared to a lifetime of limping, hobbling and otherwise avoiding scar tissue because you wimped out. I've seen this happen to friends, so the harder you work now, the stronger you'll be when you recover. I know people who are now running marathons (pain free in the knees, but boy, do their feet/back/ankles hurt! ha ha!). Good luck.
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No rehab yet they said not to bend it past 90 for like 4 weeks and stay on cruches but I'm retarded and try to do to much....... but the drugs are GRREAAT!
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Here's a timetable I found on webmd for recovery time.

http://www.webmd.com/hw/health_guide...?navbar=uh2064
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No rehab yet they said not to bend it past 90 for like 4 weeks and stay on cruches but I'm retarded and try to do to much....... but the drugs are GRREAAT!
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SHIT SON! thats alot longer that I expected I didn't listen to well to the doc I was working a week later and bowling 2 weeks later but i don't think I tore it again.
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No rehab yet they said not to bend it past 90 for like 4 weeks and stay on cruches but I'm retarded and try to do to much....... but the drugs are GRREAAT!
RULE NUMBER ONE!!!!

DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD

Doing what you want and ignoring the doctors instructions can screw you up for life. Once you can start rehab, ask him/her how much you can do daily.

I went to rehab three times a week, AND I did rehab at home twice a day for about an hour. I did this for two months, and was back on the track running "A" pace at Barber.

Do what you are told, and work hard at it. You can get FULL recovery and full flexibility back.

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I just had mine scoped 6 weeks ago (medial and lateral meniscus tears, scar tissue, foreign body removal). it's still not 100% pain free, but I was walking that afternoon with no crutches after having surgery in the morning. I didn't want to take any pain killers, so I just sucked it up. It wasn't really that bad past the first night. I started rehab exercises right away, and have been running for a couple of weeks. obviously each case is different, but I would be worried that they haven't started you on a rehab program yet. one of the main components of the rehab should be strengthening the surrounding muscles, and you should be able to do exercises without straining the meniscus.

are you icing? some of the pain may be coming from swelling. ice should help a little.
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Pain is weakness leaving the body - You're doin just fine man and like Wink said - FOLLOW EVERY RULE - They do it for a reason

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I'm with Redduck. Surgery was on Friday for me, I was in rehab on Monday. I'd ask about that.

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Its was more than just that there is an anchor that is holding the meniscus together I was just supposed to get it scoped but they found out it was worse than that. I didn't know intill they were done that I was gonna be out this long
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I had a meniscal tear, chondromalaysia, AND a complete ACL replacement. I'd still check into why you aren't doing rehab yet. And I started rehab 3 days afterwards.

If you want a second opinion, call my ortho, Dr. Howard Freedberg, 630-372-1100. He is a knee specialist for athletes.

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Freedberg kicks ass!

Wink, what method did they use for your ACL? I had mine done three years ago by some hack in Indiana, and they used the pattella tendon replacement. Freedberg just kinda shook his head when he saw the x-rays and MRI. apparently mine was done with old-school technology.
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Freedberg did a allograft on me. (Cadaver)

I have 100% flexibility, same as I did before the surgery. He had me put pressure (weight) on the leg "as much as I could handle". I literelly used walking crutches with weight on the leg from recovery to the car. Never used the crutches again after the next day.

He told me as long as I do exactly the rehab exercises I was told to, I could do them three times a day. I did exactly that, and was at 50% recovery in two weeks, 80% in 4 weeks, and cleared to 100% use of it on the track in 7 weeks. When I went back for my 4 month post-op, he cleared me for the normal 12 month "full" clearance to play basketball, run, or do anything I wanted to.

He is awesome. My daughter had the same surgery a couple of years ago, and it took her 12 months to get to the same point.

Of course, I worked harder than she did on the rehab, and I only took the pain killers the first two days. After that, he said that pain would be a good indicator for me. I clarified if I was hurting the knee or if the knee was hurting me. he said the knee is fine, do all that you can take from a rehab perspective and pain level.

I'll bet most of the guys on the track couldn't tell I had knee surgery this year.

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I had my ACL/and another ligament in my knee tear, and needed surgery, so they did a partial scope on me, took ligaments from my shin area, and put it in my knee. Crazy thing about this is they cut a nerve, and now on my shin there's a couple of places that I feel NOTHING. Kinda weird but got used to it quick. The second I woke up after my surgery, they had a machine under my leg that would raise and lower my knee, but only up to a certain degree. They told me to not go above 20 for the first day, and that after a week it would get to 90. I did 90 after the second day, and by the time I had to go to therapy three days later, I was at 120. But I have a huge tolerance for pain and was kind of driven by it. Three weeks for pain is fine, I was in pain for a long time afterwards, but worked through it and 9 years later, still no problems.
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Just an update .I found out where the pain was coming from and the reason, well I some how retore the meniscus even worse. kinda like when you rip a fishing hook out of a fish mouth now the plastic sutcher is floating in between where the knee rest on each other so no I have to under go the surgery again WOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
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I had a tear in my medial lateral meniscus and also the ACL. I had surgery in 1990. Then I was in an immobilizer for 9 weeks to let the meniscus and ACL heal. I was in pain for the whole 9 weeks until I started therapy. The therapy gave me some pain but it was stabs of sharp pain not the constant ache and burning of the tears healing. After 20 weeks of therapy I was pretty much back to normal and went on to pass a physical to join the military. Like everybody else says, do everything they suggest and more.
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I had the same surgery last year Jan.17th o6.At first it felt worse but I was
impatiant about getting back to fll motion and being able to run again,
it will all come back in time,I had a massage which I wouldn't recomend unless
the person stays off the knee the dumbasses always think there doctors
and try too get the scare tissue out ,tell them to leeve it the fxxk alone.
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I just had orthoscopic knee surgey to repair the medial meniscus about 3weeks ago. they removed the scar tissue and reattached the cartilage, Has anyone gone through this or something like this. Is it normal to still be in pain? What was the time frame for you to start walking pain free?
Have not gone through it, but have had clients with all sorts of knee surgery. Of course my advice as always on a question like this is to ask the doc. After 3 weeks the pain should be less from what I've seen, but possible to still have it for a couple months. Make sure you're doing some rehab work on it as well. And one thing to keep in mind is that often the area that you are rehabing might hurt a bit more after the exercise but it's usually a simple soreness. If you feel shooting pains then that might mean the intensity is too high or other problems might exist.
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[QUOTE=Wink;718512]RULE NUMBER ONE!!!!

DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD
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i could not agree with this more.

i have had one surgery one each knee ... for acl and menisci repair. i told my physical therapist that i still planned on playing basketball and running after surgery ... so we did aggressive therapy. i just couldn't deviate from the schedule she set for me. i ran the chicago marathon last year, so i'm good to go.

happy healing!

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